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Presence
Practice
Puglia

Wherever you go, there you are. 

 

That may be true, but sometimes, where you are influences you for the better.

 

Join Amalia Brusati Di Settala and Kim Lomonaco for just such an occasion. Move toward curiosity, inspiration, and self-realization by changing your surroundings, and engaging in mindfulness practices, away from the distraction of routine daily life. 

Through the alchemy of enchantment abroad, and deliberate connection to yourself, you may end up feeling exactly where you want to be.

 

Save the date: 

June 24th-30th 2024, Puglia, Italy

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WHO
 
AMALIA
Amalia Brusati Di Settala is native to Italy and got her start in fashion in Milan, but shifted to culinary arts as a private chef and menu consultant for restaurants, as Ama Mi Kitchen.
Amalia has trained in multiple methods of yoga and began teaching in her new yoga home at The Glowing Body in 2023.
Amalia has been to Puglia every year for the past 20 years, including hosted her wedding at Masseria Mozzone in September 2022, and recognized it as being the perfect location for an intimate yoga retreat.


KIM
Kim Lomonaco co-owns The Glowing Body, where she directs yoga programming and teacher training, teaches weekly classes, and sees clients privately for yoga and Thai yoga massage therapy.
Kim draws from 17 years of teaching to share effective and approachable techniques linking body, breath, mind, and heart. In her approach to teaching, Kim honors both tradition and innovation, the aspirational and the practical.
 
Kim and Amalia’s overlapping interests in creating transformative and memorable experiences has led them to co-design a retreat to Puglia, Italy.

WHO
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WHERE

Journey to Puglia and arrive at Masseria Mozzone, a family operated farmhouse built in 1700, surrounded by olive trees.

White is the predominant color of the structural environment, including 12 bright and spacious rooms, creating the conditions for peace and tranquility during your stay. An outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax between activities and excursions, and the coastline with beaches is just 15 minutes drive away.

Masseria Mozzone is in Valle d’Itria, the region of the Trulli, a great location to explore Puglia with day trips to the coast or to beautiful towns such as Ostuni, Cisternino, Alberobello, Polignano a Mare and Monopoli. Excursions outside of the Masseria are highly recommended.

Please note: this is not a dedicated yoga resort. This location has been selected for it’s authenticity and history, as well as it’s lovely and intimate features, allowing for full appreciation of the region and the families who have resided here for generations.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Beach Towns: Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Savelletri

Lidos: Archeolido, Ottagono, Il Santos

Inland Towns: Cisternino, Alberobello, Lecce, Grottaglie (the destination for ceramic lovers!)

CLIMATE

The end of June is the perfect time of the year to enjoy Puglia, not too hot or crowded.

Expect higher temperatures, around 83F, around lunch time, and the lowest during the evening yoga practice, around 76F. A sweater is recommended for the night breeze.

Rain is not common, but not impossible either.

The sea water should be around 77F, cool but pleasant for a swim.

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WHAT
 

GROUP YOGA

Kim and Amalia will lead you through daily meditation, breath, and posture practices, inspired by the sensory immersion of our surroundings.

Start your day with group meditation at sunrise, followed by an upbeat asana class before breakfast.

In the evening, you will be led through restorative yoga practice, with guided posture, breath work, and gentle hands on assistance to facilitate deep relaxation.

Yoga classes will be appropriate for all skill levels. No prior yoga experience is necessary, but we encourage you to consider beginning a practice before the retreat.

 

INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES

Appointments for private or semi-private instruction and massage therapy will be available on a very limited basis.

 

MEALS

Enjoy Apulian meals, including produce from the house garden and prepared on site by Masseria Mozzone.

Homemade breakfast will include a variety of local fresh fruits, cheeses, and cakes daily.

Authentic Apulian dinners will be served with the magical backdrop of Mozzone each night, providing unmatched ambiance in which to savor and share in the delight of the distinct regional cuisine.

The Masseria can provide lunches, if requested as an add-on, but we encourage you to experience local cuisine off the retreat grounds in some of Amalia’s preferred eateries.

 

SAMPLE DAY

7:30am Meditation and yoga

9:30am Breakfast

11am Independent exploration of the surrounding areas, including nearby beaches or towns; lunch on your own

4pm Massage, Poolside Relaxation, Nap

5:30pm Evening yoga

8pm Dinner on site

WHAT
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HOW

AIR TRAVEL

Flight options are available to the nearest airport to our retreat site, which is Brindisi - Salento Airport, 34 miles from Masseria Mozzone. Additionally, Bari airport might offer more flight options and is only an extra 15 minutes away.

Direct flights from the Southeastern United States are available from Atlanta to Rome.

GROUND TRAVEL

There is affordable rail transport, via Trenitalia, to Bari train Station. From there you may rent a car or take a taxi (please contact us to reserve one) to Masseria Mozzone, our retreat site.

We recommend renting a car at an airport in order to explore the region. The Masseria is in the countryside and there are no places that can be reached by walking. Once our group comes together, we will facilitate communication between participants so that you might make arrangements with fellow travelers for booking the same flights and/or ride sharing.

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COST

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

$2550, per person

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$2150, per person

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY

$1950, per person

 

SECURE YOUR SPOT

$550 registration fee goes to total cost and is NONREFUNDABLE.

All participants must sign and return liability release in order for registration to be confirmed.

Once registration fee is paid, remaining balance may be paid in up to four equal installments.

Payment in full is required by June 1st, 2024.

 

INCLUDES

Room, all breakfasts + dinners, led yoga programming, onsite cooking class (includes lunch).

DOES NOT INCLUDE

Airfare, ground transportation, most lunches, personal day trips or excursion costs, trip insurance, wine or other beverages, or anything not explicitly listed above.

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Thai Yoga Massage

60 min, $120

90 min, $180

Private Yoga Session

60 min, $120

 

Lunch Onsite at Masseria Mozzone

~$20 per day

SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

Discounts do not apply to the initial registration fee.

 

PAY IN FULL

$300 off full tuition

May not be combined with additional discounts.

 

REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 29TH

$200 off full tuition

May take advantage of payment plan and/or dual registration discount, in combination with this discount.

 

DUAL REGISTRATION

$100 per person off full tuition

Must specify your travel companion - who must also register - in order for discount to be applied.

May take advantage of payment plan and/or early registration discount in combination with this discount.

POLICIES & FAQS

CANCELLATION POLICY

The initial registration fee of $550 is non-refundable and non-transferable.

50% of payments, beyond the initial registration fee, are refundable up to 90 days before the trip.

89 days prior to the trip, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All payments will be refunded if the trip is canceled.

If you wish to cancel your spot you must submit your cancellation in writing by email to presence.practice.puglia@gmail.com.

 

PAYMENT PLANS

Payment plans are offered as a courtesy. It is ultimately the responsibility of registrants to adhere to payment plan terms set forth, including that payment in full is received by June 1st, 2024.

If payment in full is not received by the stated deadline, registrants risk losing their spot, and are subject to the stated cancellation policy regarding any payments made.

 

TRIP RELEASE

It is required that all registrants read, understand, sign, and return our release form before their registration is confirmed.

 

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

If a registrant chooses to forgo any services included in the tuition, they do so of their own volition, and are not entitled to a refund for services or amenities not used. This includes meals, accommodations, yoga programming, and any other inclusions.

 

PASSPORT

It is the responsibility of the registrants to ensure they have a valid passport.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity after your departure from your destination. That means if your passport has less than six months remaining until the expiration date, you should renew it right away! Visitors from the USA will receive a visa at the port of entry (i.e. the airport).

IMPORTANT: Travel requirements can vary by country and may be dependent on your country of origin. Terms of entry are always subject to change and should be confirmed independently with your airline before traveling.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

At the time of registration, please include information about any allergies, medications, and/or medical conditions, so we can have it on hand as a precaution.

If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the retreat.

Please check with your health insurance company for information about coverage in foreign countries.

 

COMMUNICATION

We will collect emergency contact information for all registrants in the unlikely event we need to contact someone at home.

The retreat leaders will use WhatsApp as the primary means of communication with our group while in Italy.

 

CONNECTIVITY

Please contact your cell service provider to determine applicable fees, restrictions, and coverage while you are traveling.

While WiFi is generally available at the host facility, no guarantees can be made regarding it’s functionality at the time of our retreat.

Retreat leaders and the host facility are not responsible for ensuring you have access to cellular service or WiFi.

We encourage making plans to unplug as much as possible in order to allow you to get the most from the experience.

 

OCCUPANCY REQUESTS

We will do our best to honor your registration choice for occupancy and rooming arrangements. If we cannot fulfill the occupancy type that you selected, we will notify you 90 days prior to our trip.

At that time, you will be required to either cancel your registration, at which time our Cancellation Policy will apply, or you may upgrade your registration to another occupancy type (for example, from double occupancy to a single occupancy).

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We STRONGLY recommend travel insurance. It is important to plan for the unexpected and to understand there are a number of reasons why your travel plans may need to change. Travel insurance can be affordable and protect you in the event of unexpected changes.

Examples of travel insurance companies:*

https://www.trawickinternational.com/

https://www.csatravelpro.com/

*Please note, we have no affiliations with these companies and strongly encourage you to research for yourself to find the best option.

 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

You should carry an International Driving Permit along with your local license. You’ll need to show it if you get stopped by the police for any reason, including if you’re in an accident. It’s not a license, requires no test, and is basically a translation of your driver’s license. See: Transportation and Driving in Italy

There are many options for bus travel and train travel in Italy. Prices vary, but are generally affordable and convenient. See: Trenitalia for Rail Travel

Have more questions?

Email us at presence.practice.puglia@gmail.com

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